Chad’s Morning Brief: Rick Perry’s Campaign Having More Problems and the RNC Floats a Loyalty Pledge
Here are some of the issues that will be discussed on today’s edition of The Chad Hasty Show.
Perry's Campaign In Trouble... Again
Things already weren't looking good for the former Texas Governor. According to POLITICO, Rick Perry is done paying campaign staff in New Hampshire. One of Perry's last advisers in New Hampshire recently left the campaign to work for John Kasich.
The former Texas governor has no more paid staffers in New Hampshire as of Wednesday. The last paid staffer, Michael Dennehy, told WMUR reporter John DiStaso that he hadn't been paid since June.
In a follow-up email to POLITICO, he added, "I remain a steadfast supporter. But I have not talked with, nor seen Gov Perry, since he left NH on Aug 4, nor have I been asked for my advice from the campaign so it is disingenuous to call myself an advisor or to say I’m working for the campaign."
He said that Perry has no plans to visit the Granite State as of now.
"All that said, to this very minute, I believe Gov Perry is the best qualified, most experienced candidate and understands middle class America better than anyone running for President, " he continued.
Earlier this week New Hampshire political director Dante Vitagliano left and joined John Kasich’s team,and Dennehy, a prominent Granite State operative, took to Twitter to congratulate his former colleague.
The defections are the latest blow to Perry, who has also suffered major staff departures in Iowa, another key early-voting state where he once had 10 paid staff members but is now down to one paid staffer and one volunteer adviser after losing both Iowa co-chairs in the last two weeks. The shake-up stems from serious financial troubles -- for a time, Perry was unable to pay staffers, and his campaign signaled that they were free to look elsewhere -- though his campaign more recently said they have resumed some payments.
Perry still has some unpaid staff in New Hampshire, but this doesn't make his campaign look good. While Perry was probably never going to do well in New Hampshire, no campaign wants to stop paying people or have major supporters leave.
Is there a chance Perry could come back from all of this? Sure, but it doesn't look good.
According to POLITICO, the Republican National Committee is floating the idea of having Republican candidates sign a loyalty pledge. Of course, this is aimed at Donald Trump.
The Republican National Committee on Wednesday privately reached out to GOP presidential campaigns to ask whether they’d be willing to sign a pledge stating they would not run as an independent candidate in the event they fail to win the Republican nomination in 2016.
“I [name] affirm that if I do not win the 2016 Republican nomination for president of the United States I will endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is,” the pledge reads. “I further pledge that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party.”
At least two campaigns reported they received a call from Katie Walsh, RNC chief of staff, asking if they would be willing to sign such a pledge.
Sounds like the RNC is scared of Donald Trump, which they should be. However, forcing him to sign a loyalty pledge is just stupid. I doubt he would sign the pledge which may make for some good Jeb Bush or Rand Paul soundbites, but other than that nothing will happen.
Just look back at the FOX News debate. Trump refused to stay loyal to the GOP and his numbers went UP!
How about this? How about voters come up with a loyalty pledge for the Republican politicians to sign? I wonder how many would sign and how many would break their pledge.
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